Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation
The L-1049 was an Aircraft designed in the 1940’s to compete with the then new DC-6. The L-1049 was developed into many many versions for the Air Force, Army, Cargo, Longer Haul, and passenger/cargo combi. I would list them, but there were dozens of variants and to differentiate between them would take way too long. Anyways…
This aircraft was and is still considered to be the aircraft that sharank “the pond” bringing people together quicker than on a traditional oceanliner. First fligh was in the very end of 1951 and was used by almost every airline. From domestic US use, to flying from Sydney to LA.
- The aircraft had many engine versions, I won’t get into the details, but the main engine of choice was a Wright R-3350 Turbo Compound. Essentially, this engine had a turbocharger in it producing an extra 500+ Horsepower. As you can tell, the aircraft was fitted with 4 of these, and propelled the Aircraft across the Atlantic in almost 16 hours (crazy right?!).
- I think this would be a great addition to Infinite Flight as we don’t have any long haul propeller driven aircraft. Not only would this satisfy the long haul lovers, as well as the short haul specialists. Not only that, but I just discovered through some research that my Dad and Grandma both came here on a Seaboard and Western L-1049 in 1959. Adding this aircraft would add a piece of major aviation history to the sim.
Thank you for reading! Hope you enjoyed, and please consider voting!
Image credit: Pinterest